American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A linguistic feature of Yiddish, especially a Yiddish idiom or phrasing that appears in another language.
“What Yiddishism for the male sexual organ was in that list other than “schmeckle”?”
“Steve: What Yiddishism for the male sexual organ was in that list other than “schmeckle”?”
“Yiddishism or no Yiddishism, this must count as one of the most affirmative and masculine sentences ever set down.”
“Ah-ha, you fell for my clever trap, inserting another Yiddishism into my explanation of the first one.”
“Though some noodges will dispute this, in the Yiddishism the oo is pronounced as in look rather than the oo in stooge.”
“Lieberman used the Yiddishism shtick to mean “comic routine; line of patter.””
“Having used the Yiddishism noodge, a noun meaning “pest, annoying nag, persistent complainer,” Lieberman went on to confuse the assembled glitterati by using the English verb nudge as if it were interchangeable with the Yiddish noun: “We will nudge you, but we will never become censors.””
“Synonymous with jerk or the more recent nerd, shnook is an Americanized Yiddishism probably derived from the German Schnucke, “a small or weak sheep.””
“The use of that apparent Yiddishism in covering an Arab event struck me as amusing.”
“The Yiddishism shnook is not derived from German Schnucke, “a small or weak sheep.””
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